[ RadSafe ] NCIS episode on dirty bomb

Jeff Terry terryj at iit.edu
Sun Feb 7 14:08:17 CST 2010

In fact, this was probably the most important thing stated in the  

On Feb 7, 2010, at 1:40 PM, Eric.Goldin at sce.com wrote:

> But if you paid attention, you heard NCIS Director Leon Vance point  
> out
> that a dirty bomb does not produce radiation injury and is really a  
> weapon
> of mass disruption - I'm pretty sure he used those terms.  Right on.

You could hose off the remains of a typical dirty bomb released in  
Chicago into Lake Michigan (4,920 cubic km) and no one would know that  
a radioactive release had occurred. The panic that ensued from the  
fear of radiation exposure would almost certainly kill more than the  
radiation released.


Jeff Terry
Asst. Professor of Physics
Life Science Bldg Rm 166
Illinois Institute of Technology
3101 S. Dearborn St.
Chicago IL 60616
terryj at iit.edu

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